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Buying A Car With A Salvage Title |LINK|

Vehicles with a rebuilt or salvage title are cars that have been repurchased and repaired after being declared a total loss by the insurance company. This typically occurs after a vehicle is totaled in an accident, but can also be a result of a natural disaster causing extensive damage to a car, like the damages that can be caused by flooding from a hurricane. Once the car is purchased back from the insurance company and repaired, it may then be sold as a rebuilt or salvage title.

buying a car with a salvage title

A vehicle having a rebuilt title will likely have a lower market value because it underwent significant damage. Compared to similar models with clean titles, a car with a rebuilt title could have 20% to 40% less value, amounting to potentially thousands of dollars.

This depends on your situation. On the one hand, it could be a good deal to buy a car with this title. In some states, vehicles must pass rigorous inspections to receive a rebuilt title. And because the vehicle had a salvage title at one point, the resale value could be much less. This means you could save significantly.

That said, there could be some drawbacks. Just because it passed state inspection does not mean the car is guaranteed to be safe for the long haul. Additionally, it could be difficult to get insurance coverage for your vehicle. And circling back to value, while you might get a good deal to buy it, if you plan to sell it at some point, you probably will not get nearly as much as you would with a vehicle with a clean title.

A vehicle with a rebuilt title may even be harder to sell compared to one with a clean title. Buyers could be wary of rebuilt titles because this usually means that the car has been in a bad accident or even totaled in the past. Potential buyers looking to invest their money into a vehicle can be wary of rebuilt titles because of any issues that may emerge from past accidents.

Even after the necessary repairs are made, some insurers may only offer liability coverage. Many car insurance companies will not extend full coverage for salvage or rebuilt vehicle because it is challenging to assess all of the pre-existing damage the vehicle has incurred. Collision and comprehensive coverage, which are both optional on standard auto policies, are unlikely to be offered with this type of title.

After you have found an insurance company to insure a car with a rebuilt title, you may be able to take more steps to receive more coverage. To prove that a vehicle with a rebuilt title is insurable, you may be able to provide more information to your insurer. This includes a statement from a professional mechanic indicating that your vehicle is in good working condition, pictures that show its present condition and repair receipts, which is a given when you purchase a vehicle with a rebuilt title.

On the other hand, purchasing a car with a rebuilt title can lead to more costs in the long-term if the repairs previously made were not up to par. When you purchase a salvage rebuilt vehicle, you are accepting that extensive damage has occurred to the vehicle. In some cases, there may still be undisclosed or unseen damages that could arise at a later date.

Likewise, even if the vehicle has been fully repaired, you may have trouble finding insurance coverage for the car. In many cases, those carriers who insure vehicles with a rebuilt title may charge the same premium as a similar vehicle with a clean title, even if your vehicle is worth much less.

Car insurance may be hard to find. You may not be able to find insurance coverage at all for a salvage car. Some insurers may be willing to offer the state-required minimum liability insurance for a reconstructed title vehicle.

Determine what damaged the car. Look at the vehicle history report and talk to the seller. Was the damage caused by a flood, a thief or a rear-end collision? When did the damage occur? It could be a good sign if the salvage title was issued years ago and the car is still going strong. Search the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) to confirm the title status and vehicle history.

You're browsing a used-car shopping site when a vehicle grabs your attention. The car you are interested in has a price that seems too good to be true. You keep scanning until you see two words in small print: "salvage title."

Usually the insurance company sells the car to either a repair facility or parts dismantler. If the car is repaired, most states require that it pass a basic safety inspection before the motor vehicle agency will issue a new title. When the state does issue the title, it's "branded," so future owners are aware that the car has been salvaged or rebuilt. Check your state's laws on salvage title vehicles for more information.

A car with a salvage title hasn't always been in a collision, however. There are a number of reasons why a vehicle might get a salvage title, said Mark Binder, national salvage manager for Farmers Insurance.

Flood damage: Flood-damaged cars sometimes get a salvage title. Some states will specifically call out flood damage on a car's title, but other states merely use the term "salvage title."

Hail damage: As with flood cars, the titles of vehicles that are damaged by hail can also get a salvage title if the state does not have a specific "hail damage" designation on the document.

Theft recovery: After a vehicle has been stolen and is missing for a certain period of time, the insurance company will pay off the vehicle. If the vehicle is eventually found, the insurance company is free to sell it to a salvager, which will replace any missing parts. Some states will then issue a salvage title for the car.

Non-Repairable: A severely damaged and non-operable vehicle with no resale value other than its parts can get a "non-repairable" designation, which some states call a "junk title." In these extreme cases, the state won't allow the vehicle to be repaired and it must either be sold to a scrap yard or destroyed. "Non-repairable" isn't a salvage title per se, but it is important to be aware of the term in case you come across a vehicle that's been labeled this way.

It depends on how comfortable you are with buying a car that has a checkered past. On the one hand, salvage-title vehicles can be an opportunity if you're on a budget or in need of a second vehicle. Depending on the vehicle, a salvage-title car can sell anywhere from about 20 percent to 40 percent less than the same vehicle that has a clean title, said Richard Arca, pricing manager for Edmunds. He added that the markdown of a salvage-title vehicle is greater when the market demand for the vehicle is low.

On the other hand, some salvage-title vehicles can be more prone to mechanical problems and have reduced resale value. Consumers can do these three things to help minimize the risks of buying a car that will let you down, Binder said:

1. Have the vehicle inspected: This is one of the most important things to do if you're considering the purchase of a car with a salvage title. Bring a mechanic with you for an inspection. You might also arrange to take the car to a body shop. A car professional will have a better idea about whether the repairs were done correctly and can spot any red flags, such as frame damage or parts that still need repairing.

2. Purchase the vehicle from a reputable repairer: Search for online reviews of the facility that's selling the vehicle. If it's one that's known for making quality repairs, buying a salvage-title car there may be less risky than purchasing from someone without a track record.

1. You might not be able to get a car loan: Banks and credit unions shy away from car loans on salvage-title vehicles. They worry that cars that suffered enough damage to be declared a total loss might have weakened structural integrity and might not make it through another accident. Another concern is that, down the line, the cars might need a major repair that the borrower wouldn't be able to pay for, leading to a higher risk of repossession. Banks only want to provide money for vehicles that will last the length of their loans, and salvage vehicles don't have a great reputation for longevity. Banks are a little more forgiving when it comes to hail damage, which is often more of a cosmetic issue than a mechanical one, but you still might not get all the money you're looking for.

2. You would have to work harder to get car insurance: You will probably be able to get the liability insurance that's mandated in most states for a salvage-title car that has been rebuilt or repaired and inspected, said Lynne McChristian, a spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute. Because it's a salvage-title car, it's riskier to insure, and you might have to pay more than you would for a car with a clean title. "Keep shopping around," she advised. "It's a competitive market." For liability insurance, the rate is likely to be more based on your driving record than the car's history.

Since you will most likely be selling the vehicle to a private party, our advice is to use the price you paid for the salvage-title car as a starting point in your sale negotiations. If you've driven the vehicle for a few years, deduct a couple thousand dollars. Test the market with a price higher than what you have in mind and work your way down until you get the offers you're looking for.

Finally, don't hide the fact that your vehicle has a salvage title. If you do, it's fraud. The buyer will find out eventually when you hand over the title, or if he or she obtains a vehicle history report. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to cars with a colorful past.

Looking to recoup its costs, the insurance firm will often resell the vehicle to an auto repair company where the car, truck or SUV is repaired or even rebuilt. By law in most states, the next title on that repaired or rebuilt vehicle is referred to as a salvage title, as a means of letting future potential buyers know the vehicle has been damaged. 041b061a72


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